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Groups argue that this would be more effective than increasing the amount of the BC rent supplement because not all tenants qualify for the program.
“We hear from vulnerable people who are having difficulty accessing government benefits, in very complicated scenarios, and they are already very stressed, and mental health issues are on the rise. Having to worry about rent arrears is just not appropriate at the moment, ”Mendes said.
The government says that under its plan, landlords will be able to work with tenants to adjust the amount they can pay.
The owner can authorize lower payments at the start of the agreement and gradually increase payment amounts over time, for example, or can extend the duration of the repayment process beyond July 2021.